Former U.S. President Donald Trump's White House chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks as he departs after he was found guilty during his trial on contempt of Congress charges for his refusal to cooperate with the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Well-known US right-wing populist and former presidential adviser Steve Bannon has been found guilty of contempt of Congress. A jury in Washington on Friday found former President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist guilty. The sentence for the 68-year-old will be announced at a later date. Bannon faces a prison sentence of between 30 days and a year. A fine is also possible.

The former Trump adviser had ignored a subpoena from the parliamentary inquiry into the Capitol storming on January 6, 2021. He also refused to hand over documents. Bannon’s lawyer had argued in vain in the trial, which only began on Monday in federal court, that his client did not knowingly resist the subpoena. Rather, the date of the survey was “the subject of ongoing discussions”.

The investigative committee is working on the events surrounding the storming of the seat of the US Parliament. Trump attacked the body on Friday in a message on his online network Truth Social as a “mock court” and accused it of being “corrupt and highly partisan”.

The U-Committee believes Bannon is a key witness. According to the panel, the right-wing populist spoke to Trump the day before the storming. In his own podcast, Bannon also predicted at the time that “hell will break out”. Radical Trump supporters then stormed Congress when the election victory of Trump’s challenger Joe Biden was to be officially confirmed.